The lessons and activities are based on the belief that students need to fully understand what multiplication is before learning to master the facts and that students need to see modeled, hear explicitly stated, and be exposed to the big math ideas throughout the process of this learning. This package focuses on supporting students to fully understand the following big math ideas:
- We can think "groups of" or "rows of" when we multiply.
- We can model multiplication with materials.
- An array can be used to model multiplication. The dimensions of a rectangle are the factors.
- When we multiply, the answer is called the product.
- We multiply two (or more) factors to get the product.
- We can reverse the order of the factors and the product remains the same. This is called the commutative property.
The strategies in this resource unite a family of facts. We suggest an instructional sequence for introducing the facts - the resource itself is laid out in the sequence. The strategies are taught in "families" (not necessarily the traditional fact families).
Each strategy in this resource is laid out through the following key aspects:
- The Facts to be Mastered
- The Big Math Ideas
- A Direct Instruction Lesson
- A Guided Practice Lesson
- An Independent Practice Lesson
- A Literature Connection
- A Real World Connection
- A Fluency Builder
- An Assessment Task
- A Set of Colour-Coded Multiplication Fact Cards
- Line Masters for Games and Tasks
||Mastering the Facts: Multiplication - Teacher Resource Book (English only)
||Mastering the Facts: Multiplication - English Posters (set of 9)
||Mastering the Facts: Multiplication - French Posters (set of 9)